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Lillian E. Myers, 99, a beloved mother, returned peacefully to the Lord on the morning of July 20, 2022, at her home in Georgetown, Texas. Her daughter, Christina Myers-Shaffer, was with her when she died. Lillian had been married to Ellis T. Myers for more than 70 years at the time of her death in 2014.

Born December 16, 1922 in Steubenville, Ohio, Lillian was the daughter of William Edward Ott, Sr., and Edna May Gill. She was predeceased by her two older brothers, William Ott, Jr., and Charles Ott and her two younger brothers James Ott and Gilbert Ott.

A Christian full of faith, Lillian believed deeply that although she was born in 1922, her true birthday was Sunday, September 10, 1939, when she and her four brothers were baptized into the Lord Jesus through Christian baptism and raised new. of life. at Unionport Christian Church in Ohio.

After graduating from Hopedale High School in 1940, Lillian worked as a legal secretary at a law firm in Cadiz, Ohio. There she met a persistent young man wearing a cowboy hat and boots named Ellis T. Myers, who worked in the oil and gas industry. She refused to go out with him. Lillian was very close to her maternal grandfather and when she learned of his passing she immediately quit her job and rushed home to console her mother. Several weeks later, after a long search for the beautiful Lillian Ott, Ellis T. Myers knocked on her door. Lillian’s brother Jim later recalled, “Sis never stood a chance.” Lillian and Ellis married in 1944.

Shortly after their marriage, Ellis joins the army and Lillian joins her brother Jim, still single, on the family farm. For the next three years, this brother and sister helped on the farm, became active leaders in the Church, leading youth groups and leading Bible studies, holding meetings, and on weekends dancing together. at their uncle’s restaurant. They danced so well together that other patrons cleared the dance floor to watch Lillian and Jim dance. Jim (who became a master mechanic, well-known hunter and trainer of award-winning coon dogs) formed a bond that lasted until Jim passed away in April of this year.

Ellis returned from Japan, and he and Lillian lived briefly in Canton, Ohio, near Meyers Lake Park. Lillian loved that her younger brother Bert, who brought the piece to life wherever he went, joined them to work with Ellis hauling pipes to drilling rigs. On cool summer evenings, Lillian could hear big bands, such as Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, playing on the park’s outdoor stage. However, when her stepfather (Gaily Myers, who operated the natural gas utility company Ellis owned in Harrison County) became terminally ill, they moved to Bowerston, Ohio, to care for from him. Around this time, Lillian (still in her twenties) began working for the Ellis T. Myers Gas Company and eventually operated the business until it was sold in 1986. She loved the people of Bowerston dearly and surrounding communities and often said that she thanked the Lord for giving her the opportunity to serve them for so many years.

During her years at Bowerston, in addition to being a businesswoman, she cultivated gardens, canned and sewed. She would take her daughter on adventures, like looking for wild strawberries, then making jam and going fossil hunting. She played the

piano and was self-taught on the accordion. Everything she touched had a sense of style, good taste and was off the beaten path. She was an excellent cook, often developing original recipes, had a sense of fashion, and was a skilled marksman.

Lillian was an artist at heart. She sculpted human figures and was a potter. Her paintings hung in the halls of Kent State University as she pursued a degree in art education. At the end of her four-year program, she was initiated into the Kappa Delta Pi.

In 1977 Lillian and Ellis moved to New Philadelphia, Ohio, where she was a member of First Christian Church, then moved to Georgetown, Texas in 1994 and became members of Georgetown Church of Christ. In Georgetown, Lillian remained active as an artist. Her father had taught her and her brother Bill (a much-loved father figure, who rode horses with her in her youth) architectural drafting and design, skills she used to plan his homes in Bowerston (which his father built) and New Philadelphia. , then designed a studio at her home in Texas.

She became a published poet in the late 1990s and began working with her daughter in educational writing. At the age of 92, Lillian developed a set of educational crossword puzzles that were published in Barron’s SAT Subject Test Literature book. His life of service also continued. She was a guide every year at the Georgetown Quilt Show until she was 96.

Lillian was a loyal and caring daughter, a protective and understanding sister, a devoted and faithful wife, and a loving and supportive mother who never hesitated to make personal sacrifices for those around her. Truly, her heart was at the center of every relationship she had. She loved everyone in her life with all her heart.

How to summarize the life of Lillian E. Myers? She was and is a loving child of God. Proverbs 31:10-31

Lillian will be interred next to her husband at Oddfellows Cemetery (IOOF) in Georgetown, Texas.

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